Voters in western Kenya have the numbers to influence the outcome of the elections depending on whom they vote for between me and my competitor Raila Odinga.” ”I am pleading with voters to let us cooperate and lock this man of Azimio from this region,” DP Ruto said
The massive Western Kenya vote basket may decide who between Raila Odinga and William Ruto will become Kenya’s 5th President after the August 9th, 2022 general elections. Apart from the Mt. Kenya region, the western Kenya vote is considered the 2nd biggest in terms of the registered number of voters.
Rebel Deputy President William Ruto who has been battling to sway the powerful vote from this region to his side against Azimio’s Raila Odinga has publicly acknowledged that indeed the region’s vote will decide who becomes Presidential after the elections.
The fact that DP Ruto campaigned in the region in the wake of Raila Odinga’s earlier forays, especially in Kakamega County, shows just how critically important that vote from the area is to any of the presidential aspirants. The Deputy President’s campaigns forays in the region are expected to come to a close by the end of this week, the campaigns have seen him traverse the region from Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega and Vihiga counties and will end in Busia County.
Interestingly instead of making the declaration of how critically decisive the region’s vote is going to be in determining the 5th President during his rally in Kakamega town, considered to be the region’s headquarters, the DP did so from Vihiga County, home to one of his leading allies in the Kenya Kwanza, the Alliance Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi. Mr Mudavadi has been missing from DP Ruto’s recent political rallies because he was reportedly in the United States representing KK at crucial meetings.
DP Ruto challenged Mr Odinga to tell voters what he had done for the people of the western Kenya region in return for their support. He pleaded with voters in Western Kenya to reject Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party’s presidential candidate
In making the declaration on the power of the western Kenya vote, DP Ruto said: “It is the voters of western Kenya who are going to determine who wins the Presidential vote in this year’s general elections. They have the numbers to influence the outcome of the elections depending on whom they vote for between me and my competitor Raila Odinga.” ”I am pleading with voters to let us cooperate and lock this man of Azimio from this region,” DP Ruto said.
He challenged Mr Odinga to tell voters what he had done for the people of the western Kenya region in return for their support. He pleaded with voters in Western Kenya to reject Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga, accusing him of neglecting the region and allegedly abandoning the region soon after getting their votes. DP Ruto and Mr Raila Odinga have in the recent past been making frequent forays into the region as the fight for the 2.2 million voters intensify in the run-up to the looming elections.
To show how vital the western Kenya vote is to the two leading presidential contenders, most opinion polls rank Mr Odinga as leading in Western, albeit slightly below the 50 per cent mark, with the DP trailing at 30 per cent.
These developments have emerged at a time when rebel Deputy President’s KK alliance outfit the biggest challenger to Odinga’s Azimio has tasked its principals from Western ANC leader Mudavadi and Ford-Kenya leader Mosses Wetangula to deliver 70 per cent of the region’s vote to Ruto’s presidential quest as part of an agreement they signed.
On Raila’s side, he enjoys the support of outgoing Kakamega County Governor and former Council of Governors’ (CoG), William Oparanya, Central Organization of Trade Unions boss Francis Atwoli and virtually all sitting and outgoing governors in the five counties of the region to swing the region’s vote to his side.
Last week, Mr Odinga made a two-day political tour of the region, during which Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the Azimio camp had mastered 36 campaign rallies there and more are expected to come before the August 9th general elections. The KK leaders in conclusion declared that they want to teach the Azimio Principal “a lesson over that critical vote. We want to journey together with Western. [Our rivals] do not have your interests at heart.”
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